The Mule Falters

The Mule Falters (HM7SB)

Location: Laurens, MD 29360 Laurens County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 19.376', W 77° 43.718'

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As the railroad streaked westward from Harpers Ferry, the C&O Canal fell hopelessly behind in the race for Ohio.
Burdened by a lack of building supplies and a scarcity of skilled labor, the canal encountered serious financial problems and did not reach Cumberland, Maryland until 1850 —- eight years after the railroad reached that point. Plans to continue further westward were abandoned.
Made obsolete by the faster and less expensive railroad, the C&O Canal never attained any great measure of economic success, but did transport coal, flour, grain, and lumber to Washington for nearly 90 years. Canal operations ceased in 1924 when a flood devastated the Potomac Valley, leaving the canal in ruins.
HM NumberHM7SB
Series This marker is part of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal series
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Date Added Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 9:38pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 264782 N 4356164
Decimal Degrees39.32293333, -77.72863333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 19.376', W 77° 43.718'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 19' 22.56" N, 77° 43' 43.08" W
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Area Code(s)864
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201-213 Appalachian Trail, Laurens MD 29360, US
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